The Observable Universe

Pablo Carlos Budassi created a dazzling logarithmic visualization of the observable universe in 2013:
Observable Universe in One Image

Observable Universe in One Image. Credit: Pablo Carlos Budassi/Wikimedia Commons

The illustration features our solar system at the very center, followed by “inner and outer planets, Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, Alpha Centauri, Perseus Arm, Milky Way galaxy, Andromeda galaxy, nearby galaxies, Cosmic Web, Cosmic microwave radiation and Big Bang’s invisible plasma on the edge,” according to Wikimedia Commons.
What do you think, does the image make you feel big or small in the grand scheme of things? I think it’s beautiful.
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6 thoughts on “The Observable Universe

  1. The fascinating thing about the universe is the way it expands is very unique. No matter where you are in it, everything appears to be flying away from you, so no matter what vantage point you’re at, it’s like you are at the center of it all. I find that oddly comforting that everything in the universe has that privileged position.

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  2. It’s an interesting picture, but it doesn’t capture distance at all precisely because the scale is log. We are trivial in space and time combined. For any practical purpose the universe is boundless. I think our brains just cannot comprehend that. When astronauts go outside their space ships they experience awe at the expanse of where they are. You can’t fake it with a photo. We are simply nothing. I am just ignorant forever on the size of the universe. I liked the pic though! Thanks.

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